- Manir Dan’iya, a former commissioner for local government affairs in Sokoto state, reportedly steps down for Aminu Tambuwal as the PDP’s governorship candidate in the state
- An anonymous party members says the former commissioner voluntarily stepped down for the governor at a PDP meeting on Sunday night, October 7
- Alhaji Ibrahim Milgoma, the Sokoto state PDP chairman denies that a meeting was held to affirm Tambuwal as the PDP candidate for the Sokoto governorship election
Reports have emerged that Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto state may have decided to run for a second term in office after failing to secure the presidential ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Daily Trust reports that the immediate past commissioner for local government affairs in the state, Manir Dan’iya, who was supposed to contest the governorship race after Tambuwal made known his presidential ambition, has stepped down for the governor.
A chieftain of the party who did not want to be named, told the newspaper that the former commissioner voluntarily stepped down for his boss at a meeting on Sunday night, October 7, where delegates from 23 local government areas of the state endorsed Tambuwal as their governorship candidate.
Legit.ng learnt that during the meeting, former commissioners were involved in screening of delegates and taking their inventory. The delegates were reportedly called according to their local government areas to line up for a head count after which they were asked to vacate the scene.
However, Alhaji Ibrahim Milgoma, the state PDP chairman, when speaking to journalist after the meeting, dismissed suggestion that the gathering had anything to do with Tambuwal’s endorsement.
“We gathered our delegates here only to thank them for their support and cooperation during our primaries and the national convention but not to affirm Tambuwal as our candidate for governorship election," the state chairman said.
Meanwhile, a chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Alhaji Kashim Imam, on Monday pledged to contribute N1 billion to facilitate rehabilitation, reconstruction and resettlement of communities ravaged by Boko Haram insurgency in Borno.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Imam was among the 10 governorship aspirants that lost in the recent APC governorship primary.
He said: “I earmarked N1 billion for reconstruction of Borno and I intend to contribute it to my state despite losing the primary election.
Imam added that he would personally reconstruct central mosques in Bama and Gwoza, provide scholarship to indigent students and offer empowerment support to youth and women in the state.
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